Ten Things I Have To Do This Weekend

Yay! It's the weekend! As much as I would like to stay in my nice warm bed snoozing all weekend, there are things I must do and tasks I must complete. Here are ten of them. Walk, of course, at least once but preferably twice. I had my mind all made up to skip walking tonight, but somehow I did it anyway. Imagine that! Write our Christmas cards. If I'm really energetic, I'll go to... Read more →


User Error?

"I hate this new system," groused the lab tech. Ah, the classic Change Management mantra. I have my usual appointment with my oncologist next week, which means that I have to get my blood work done so that she can review it with me. Normally I get the orders on paper and stow them away until it's time for my blood work. Not this time - the orders were sent to my lab of choice... Read more →


Walking Again

On Joe's work evenings, I used to order my dinner online from Panera Bread - Pick 2, onion soup and Asian Sesame Chicken Salad - pick it up on my way home, and then enjoy it as soon as I got home. (Now Panera has stopped selling all of the salads that rely on romaine lettuce, so there goes half my dinner.) Then I'd loaf for the rest of the evening, just sit my butt... Read more →


Belated Sunday Stealing

I know it's Tuesday, but I'm feeling uninspired. Therefore, it's time for Sunday Stealing! Favorite novel and author? The Once and Future King by T.H. White. It's my favorite take on the Arthurian Legend, too. I took a course in Arthurian Legend in college and loved it. I haven't re-read this novel in a long, long time. I think I'll find it and do that. Favorite perfume/scent? Joy, by Jean Patou. I first experienced this... Read more →


Our Christmas Tree

Honestly, we should have done this years ago! And by "this," I mean "have an artificial Christmas tree." I suppose that, strictly speaking, we have had an artificial tree, but it was only two feet tall. Joe was working long hours at a hifalutin department store and we were never in the same place at the same place long enough to get a real tree, put it up, and decorate it. (I'm pretty sure there's... Read more →


Festivus Party

Well, I missed doing an entry for yesterday's Holidailies, but as I like to say - only God is perfect. I had a good reason. My dear friend A came up from Maryland to attend a Festivus party hosted by her friend K. It turns out that K lives about 5 miles (if that) away from us! A "introduced" us via Facebook a couple of months ago. We're of like minds politically, cat people, and... Read more →


AAA to the Rescue

Well, Chicolini (my Fiat 500) has a new battery. I should have known it was coming. First, it was the slight growl before starting. Then, the growl acquired an crescendo-pause-decrescendo-roar. I found that I had to pump the accelerator a couple times. In the last couple of days, all of the dash lights have brightened and dimmed in time to the growling. Of course, we're also having a cold snap here in the greater Philly... Read more →


Change Is Good

Change is good! Embrace it! Welcome it! Oh God. I got a new work laptop today. My old one was over four years old, which apparently makes it quite the senior citizen. My old computer and I got along fine. I knew where everything was and how it worked; Windows 7 and I were pals. My files where all organized just the way I wanted them. The computer behaved itself, for the most part -... Read more →


See You Down the Road

Circus folks never say good-bye; rather, they say “See you down the road.” Down the road — it's a circus version of the space-time continuum. It means days or weeks or years; it means the next lot, the next gig, the next season. It means that at some point in time and some place in the world, you will meet again. You come together in a tight-knit community for a summer or a season or... Read more →


Bad Customer

Joe was working the register at his store today. Now, the vast majority of customers at Joe's store are very nice people. They're friendly, and polite, and reasonable. Of course, there are also assholes, and bullies, and idiots. One of his coworkers, a lovely young woman, was working beside him. She's not tall. At one point, Joe noticed that the man she was waiting on was quite large - tall and massive. He was leaning... Read more →